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By James W. Oberly

A heritage of the Mohican humans from the warfare of 1812 to the Nixon administrationContrary to the effect left by way of James Fenimore Cooper’s well-known novel final of the Mohicans, the Mohican humans, sometimes called the Stockbridge-Munsee Indians, didn't disappear from historical past. fairly, regardless of hindrances, they've got retained their tribal identification to at the present time. during this first heritage of the modern day Mohicans, James W. Oberly narrates their tale from the time in their relocation to Wisconsin in the course of the post–World struggle II era.Since the conflict of 1812 Mohican heritage has been marked via astute if occasionally sour engagement with the yank political approach, leading to 5 treaties and ten acts of Congress, handed among 1843 and 1972. As Oberly strains those political occasions, he additionally assesses such matters as tribal club, intratribal political events, and sovereignty.

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S. Indian agent, Col. John Bowyer, arrived at the Bay to oversee relations with the Menominees and the Ho-Chunks and to establish an agency at the Army's new Fort Howard post at the mouth of the Fox River. For several years, the army was content to occupy Fort Howard without seeking to acquire title to the surrounding lands. In 1819 Colonel Bowyer sought to sign a treaty with the Menominees and Ho-Chunks in which the tribes would cede lands on both sides of the Fox River for fourteen miles. The Menominees and Ho-Chunks did not favor this idea, and neither did Secretary Calhoun in Washington.

16 The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Era of Allotment and Assimilation, 1893-1 933 In 1893 the Indian Office dissolved the Constitution of l87 1 and abolished the tribal government that was run by Quinney descendants, A Nation of Firsts 15 who increasingly bore the surname Miller. In its place the Commissioner of Indian Affairs appointed a new "Tribal Business Committee" to represent the tribe's interests in dealings with the United States. These were decades when the Tribal Business Committee and the Society of Mohicans struggled to direct the education of the tribe's young people.

Such a nation would not have had the political skills to confront each new challenge. To the contrary, the Mohicans produced generations of leaders who have engaged in every form of politics. The form and substance of Mohican politics from the War of 1812 to the present is the subject of this book. Politics has been a primary occupation of the tribe at least since the War of 1812, and the Stockbridge-Munsees truly are a nation of statesmen. I take that label literally as a description of Mohican history-the pursuit of politics and statecraft-and I explain their ethnic survival as an American Indian people through their ceaseless engagement with politics, on all levels.

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